Rattling noise in engine

Tiny
ARLENES
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Hello, I'm so glad Bob & Ken you're there! I have a 1988 Dodge Grand Caravan 6 cylinder with a rebuilt 1992 engine installed in it 2 years ago. Here a little history of the the issues that I'm been having. The last month the check engine light has been coming on first thing in the morning when it is cold. It takes me having to turn the ignition on and letting it crank up 3 / 4 times and then turning it off and waiting to turn the ignition on again until the voltage gauge is in the middle of the battery emblem and then turning it over to start. It normally starts by the second or third time. If I don't let it warm up the check engine light frequently comes on after I start to drive and stays on until I get to where I'm going, but then it doesn't always come back on when I get back into the car. Sometimes in the morning the check engine light comes on right away. So I then turn the engine off and on until the check engine light doesn't come on again. Today I noticed a rattle inside of the engine, got louder on the way home. When it was going up a steep grade it then started overheating, so I pulled off the freeway and it died. I was able to start it up again right away, but waited until it cooled off. There was plenty of water & coolant in the radiator. Oil was changed 3 weeks ago & it was also fine. After cooling down I started it up again & continued home for another 15 miles whereby it got warm but didn't overheat. The rattling noise in the engine continued. Question : Is the rattling noise possibly a loose or broken spring atop the valve? Is the check engine light a faulty sensor? How is the overheating related to all of this or is it a separate issue? Desparatlely needing your help. Thank You Arlene
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Tuesday, August 21st, 2007 AT 8:08 PM

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Tiny
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As far as the check engine light. It will need to be scanned to find out what code/codes the PCM has stored. Was it overheating when the noise began? Engine noises are hard to tell without hearing them, could be the engine or just an accessory on the engine. If it was a valve spring it wouldnt run right. Did you check the oil?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 AT 7:41 AM
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ARLENES
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Hello 2CARPRO Jack, No it wasn't overheating when the noise began and the oil stick shows full. Checked engine and the sound seems to be coming from 1 0f 2 valves. Have removed the valve cover & camshaft(the one closest to the front of the engine), have checked 4 of the valves & they are ok. The last 2 valves where the noise seems to be coming from I can't get to with the valve spring compressor I have
(the type that looks like a fancy wine cork remover) because the manifold is directly over them and there isn't enough space to put the compressor directly above the valve spring. Is there a particular model of valve spring compressor that can get to these 2 valves or is there another way to get to them?
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Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007 AT 10:19 PM
Tiny
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Might have to remove the manifold to get to them. You should be able to physically see any broken springs. Does your van have a 3.0l or a 3.3l?
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Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 AT 7:53 AM

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